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609.591 DAMAGE TO TIMBER OR WOOD PROCESSING AND RELATED
EQUIPMENT.
    Subdivision 1. Definition. As used in this section and section 609.592, "timber" means trees,
whether standing or down, that will produce forest products of value including but not limited to
logs, posts, poles, bolts, pulpwood, cordwood, lumber, and decorative material.
    Subd. 2. Crime. Whoever, without claim of right or consent of the owner, drives, places, or
fastens in timber any device of iron, steel, ceramic, or other substance sufficiently hard to damage
saws or wood processing or manufacturing equipment, with the intent to hinder the logging or the
processing of timber, is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as provided in subdivisions 3 and 4.
    Subd. 3. Penalties. A person convicted of violating subdivision 2 may be sentenced as
follows:
(1) if the violation caused great bodily harm, to imprisonment for not more than five years or
to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both;
(2) otherwise, to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not
more than $3,000, or both.
    Subd. 4. Restitution. In addition to any sentence imposed under subdivision 3, the
sentencing court may order a person convicted of violating this section, or of violating section
609.595 by damaging timber or commercial wood processing, manufacturing, or transportation
equipment to pay restitution to the owner of the damaged property.
History: 1991 c 180 s 1